Statutory guidance

National curriculum in England: music programmes of study

The statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for music at key stages 1 to 3.

Applies to England

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These are the statutory programmes of study and attainment targets for music at key stages 1 to 3. They are issued by law; you must follow them unless there’s a good reason not to.

All local-authority-maintained schools should teach them.

Further guidance is available to accompany the music programme of study at key stages 1, 2 and 3.

Short films of teachers and subject experts talking about the national curriculum and how to use it are also available.

Published 11 September 2013
Last updated 26 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added a link to new guidance to help support teaching music in schools.

  2. First published.